Erasmus Offers Encouragement and Advice to Rising Star Ratomo at Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus has expressed high praise for young talent Relebohile Ratomo, describing him as a special player. Erasmus, who shares similarities with the 18-year-old Bucs starlet in terms of their early career starts and small body frames, recently revealed the advice he offered to Ratomo.
Ratomo made his debut for the first team in a match against Royal AM, where an unfortunate deflection resulted in an own goal by Domingues. However, just two weeks later, Ratomo showcased his potential by scoring his first senior goal in Pirates’ impressive 4-0 victory over AmaZulu.
In an exclusive interview with iDiski Times senior writer Velile Mnyandu, featured in edition 103 of the newspaper, Erasmus opened up about his interaction with the young Buccaneers sensation. Erasmus shared the words of encouragement he imparted to Ratomo prior to the match to help ease his nerves.
“When he came into the changing room, he looked a little bit nervous, and I just told him to never forget that he has the ability to play. As long as he is willing to work hard for the team, his talent will naturally shine through,” Erasmus revealed to iDiski Times.
Erasmus emphasized the importance of not fearing the occasion and playing with freedom. While acknowledging that it’s easier said than done, Erasmus believes that hearing such advice from someone who has been part of the team or has experienced the game firsthand can have a profound impact.
The match itself reflected Ratomo’s newfound confidence, as he played with joy and showcased his immense talent. Erasmus expressed his admiration for Ratomo’s abilities and expressed his hopes for a successful career while reminding him to stay grounded.
Prior to his first-team debut, Ratomo had already made a significant impact in Pirates’ DStv Diski Challenge (DDC), featuring in 21 matches and contributing an impressive nine goals and eight assists.
As Ratomo continues to grow as a player, the guidance and support from experienced teammates like Erasmus will be invaluable in shaping his development and ensuring he remains focused and grounded. The footballing world eagerly awaits Ratomo’s future performances, as he displays the potential to become a true star for Orlando Pirates and beyond.